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This is a full time position that involves working on the
Pediatric Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry Service at C.S. Mott
Children's Hospital of Michigan Medicine. The social worker will
function as an integral member of the CL team and interact with
medical care teams and their social workers who provide care to
hospitalized, medically-ill youth with psychiatric co-morbidities.
In this role, the social worker will provide consultation to the
medical service on resources and mental health referrals for this
population on both the medical floors and in the emergency room.
The social worker will also facilitate transfer to inpatient
psychiatric units or other external psychiatric care facilities and
will be closely engaged in care team meetings with the family and
the larger multidisciplinary care team. The social worker will
often meet with the patient and family to discuss discharge
planning, conduct family sessions, aid with psychoeducation and
safety planning, as well as provide brief interventions in
coordination with the psychiatrists, psychologists and members of
the care team.
This position also includes coverage for the Nyman Inpatient
Psychiatry Unit at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Responsibilities
includes assessment, brief family therapy, psychoeducation, safety
planning, and coordinating referrals for outpatient care. In
addition, this position will include significant engagement with
youth and families admitted to the 3-bed subunit embedded within
The Nyman Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. This unit provides care
predominantly to youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such
as autism, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, or other complex
medical and psychiatric needs that result in significant behavioral
dysregulation and limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs).
In this role, the social worker will provide brief family therapy,
psychoeducation, locating specialized resources in the community
and making referrals for outpatient care. Knowledge about the care
of youth with autism and those youth with neurodevelopmental
disorders, and the systems that they interact with for their care,
is an important aspect of this position. Knowledge and skill in
diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical care and communication
is important in this role.
Why Join the Department of Social Work Child Psychiatry
Hospital-Based Services team?
As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in offering
services to youth and their families faced with psychiatric illness
and crises. Crisis work, psychoeducation to families, interacting
with medical teams, understanding the bidirectional interaction of
physical illness and mental illness, taking a developmentally and
trauma-informed approach to care, locating community resources,
building community relationships with key partners in the care of
youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, and making discharge plans
are key facets of this job. You will also engage in a rich academic
environment with opportunities to interact and learn from other
disciplines and enhance hospital based interventions and resources
for youth with psychiatric illness and neurodevelopmental concerns.
Advocacy for patients who have limited resources as well as scarce
community resources will be essential. Advocacy for patients with
mental illness who are highly stigmatized is a key social work
The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment
of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person
feels valued and can thrive.
What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?
- 2:1 match on retirement savings
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day
one of employment
- Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
- Financial support for continuing education and
The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of
patients, populations and communities through excellence in
education, patient care, community service, research and technology
development, and through leadership activities in Michigan,
nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our
Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient
care, education and research that together enhance our contribution
You will be responsible for:
- A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by
the Council of Social Work Education.
- A current license to practice social work in the State of
- Previous experience with medical and mental health social
- Previous experience with youth with autism
- Previous experience with youth with chronic physical illness
and psychiatric comorbidities
- Previous experience with youth with neurodevelopmental
- Previous experience working in hospital-based settings with a
preference for previous CL team experience
- Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating
with a diverse patient population.
- Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective
- Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation,
the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a
dynamic medical clinic.
- Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in
- Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary
- Proficiency in keeping accurate and timely clinical records by
- Experience with evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions
(e.g., CBT, PST, ACT, DBT) and familiarity with brief, structured
interventions (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral
Activation) along with a basic knowledge of
- Experience and knowledge about the vast array of psychiatric
disorders and their presentation in a hospital setting.
- Knowledge about suicide assessment and the impact on family
system of a suicidal child. Evidence-based safety planning
This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule
is Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:30-5:00.
This position will work out of two primary work site
- C.S Mott Children's Hospital Medical Units with your primary
workspace at University Hospital
- Nyman Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, a child psychiatric unit
embedded in C.S. Mott Children's Hospital on the 8th floor
This position may be under filled at a lower classification
depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical
Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior
University of Michigan Health System conducts background
screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidate upon
acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party
administrator to conduct background screenings. Background
screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report
Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including
fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment
for this position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.
This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time
after the minimum posting period has ended.
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Social Worker MSW/Social Worker MSW Sr - Child Psych CL & Nyman
Social Worker MSW
Michigan Medicine - Health Sys
Ann Arbor, MI
MM Soc Wrk - Adm & Guest Suprt
5/20/2021 - 6/19/2021
Patient Care Services